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Wim­borne Min­ster, Dorset

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What’s go­ing for it? There are two Wim­borne Min­sters, one fit­ting neatly in­side the other like a ma­tryoshka doll. Wim­borne Model Town, recre­at­ing the “real” one out­side, was built in the 1950s and its East­mans fam­ily butcher, H Langer & Sons leather goods and Thomas The Tank En­gine train­line are con­se­quently straight out of Call The Mid­wife. You shrink to nor­mal size, though, in the “real” dop­pel­ganger, not that you’d no­tice. Give or take the Vibe Lounge, wheelie bins and Costa Cof­fee, the town out­side hasn’t changed that much since 1951. Old streets of por­ti­coes and bay win­dows; white-haired ladies rock­ing the Queen’s hairdo; panama hats not bean­ies in the win­dows at Bartletts Menswear Specialists. It’s an an­cient place, been around since the Sax­ons, so Wim­borne takes the com­ings and go­ings of fash­ion in its stride. Which is prob­a­bly why it’s so pop­u­lar with re­tirees. And me. Sucker for a panama hat, me.

The case against Per­haps a lit­tle dull. It’s all about the quiet life and nice sourdough from Num­ber 9 On The Green. Ravers, though, can large it in Bournemouth down the road. Well con­nected? Trains: no. Driv­ing: you’re hard on the A31 for es­cape, if traf­fic lets you; half an hour to the beach and main­line rail at Bournemouth, 20 mins to the har­bour at Poole, just un­der an hour to Southamp­ton. Bournemouth Air­port’s not far, too.

Schools Pri­maries: “good” schools, says Of­sted, with Al­len­bourn Mid­dle, St John’s CofE First, Mer­ley First, Beau­croft Foun­da­tion, Cole­hill First, Hayeswood First and St Cather­ine’s Catholic all “out­stand­ing”. Sec­on­daries: Queen El­iz­a­beth’s is “good”, with Beau­croft Foun­da­tion “out­stand­ing”.

Hang out at… The Tick­led Pig – lo­cally sourced food and friendly staff. The Butcher’s Dog for craft beer and butcher’s snacks.

Where to buy The cen­tre is all cot­tages and town­houses, and ut­terly de­light­ful. West Street’s gor­geous, but it’s West Bor­ough, head­ing north out of town, that has the pick of places to choose from. Here, look at Row­lands Hill, St John’s Hill and around for weighty sub­ur­bans. There are flashier homes around Queen Anne Drive and Can­ford Magna, a village be­tween Wim­borne Min­ster and Poole. Large de­tacheds and town­houses, £600,000-£1.5m. De­tacheds and smaller town­houses, £300,000-£600,000. Semis, £275,000-£500,000. Ter­races and cot­tages, £250,000-£425,000. Flats, £150,000-£400,000. Rentals: a one-bed­room flat, £650-£750pcm; a three-bed­room house, £1,000-£2,000pcm.

Bar­gain of the week Three-bed­room pre­war semi, £300,000, need­ing se­ri­ous mod­erni­sa­tion; with hearnes.com

Tom Dy­ck­hoff

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From the streets

Richard Ward ‘Eight Arch Brew­ing Com­pany’s Fri­day Tap with great street food from Flam­ing Peaches. Long walks along the Juras­sic Coast at Kim­meridge.’ Ge­off Hard­wicke ‘A great place to live if you’re mid­dle-class and mid­dleaged; sur­rounded on three sides by Dorset coun­try­side.’

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